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Animals

Prerequisites

To find out if your animal is suitable for travel in the hold or in the cabin, first you must inform us that you wish to travel with an animal when booking your ticket.

The company reserves the right to refuse an ESA (Emotional Support Animal).

Before you leave, you must make sure you have all the necessary travel documents when crossing the border upon departure, upon arrival and during the flight if necessary.

Besides ID, some countries may require the following documents, including but not restricted to: passport, visa, owners declaration, health and customs documents, evidence of adequate insurance, hotel booking confirmation or proof of accommodation and minimum means of subsistence.

You must present a health certificate for your pet dating from no earlier than 5 days before your flight, whether this be your outbound or return flight.
Remember, if your trip lasts longer than 5 days, you will require a new health certificate for your return flight.

It is the sole responsibility of the passenger to demonstrate their validity in accordance with the applicable laws and regulations and to request, if necessary, a renewed health certificate in time for the flight.

The only animals allowed to travel in the hold (AVIH or animal in hold) are dogs and cats (subject to acceptance of the company).
The only animals allowed to travel in the cabin (PETC or pet in cabin) are dogs, cats, rabbits, guinea pigs and hamsters.


Any other animal must travel in FREIGHT.

Please note that for flights in code share with French bee, transporting animals is only permitted for cats and dogs. No other animal will be accepted by the company. 

Animals in the hold

animals in the hold

The only animals allowed to travel in the hold (AVIH or animal in hold) are dogs and cats (subject to acceptance of the company). Dimensions and weight of the animal traveling in the hold determine transport availability (subject to quotas).

Rate: €100 each way, non-refundable.
Enter your animal’s race, weight and cage dimensions when making your booking. Transportation is not included in the baggage allowance.
AVIH are accepted on a TGV AIR journey. Animal cages and carriers can be purchased in pet stores and specialized outlets.

 

TERMS OF ACCEPTANCE FOR CARRIAGE

  • Since October 1 on all our transatlantic flights, all dogs and cats of snub-nosed breeds (e.g. pugs, bulldogs, boxers, Pekingese, Shih Tsu, persian cat, etc*.), are prohibited in the hold and in FREIGHT, due to the fact that their brachycephalic morphology (snub nose) is not adapted to support transport in the hold. Dogs under 7 kg can travel in the cabin (See section Animals in the Cabin).
  • The acceptance of pet transportations is subject to the condition that the passenger assumes full responsibility.
  • The carrier assumes no responsibility for injury, loss, delay, sickness or death of these pets. This is also the case if entry or transport is refused in a country, state or territory.
  • Transport of animals in the hold is prohibited on St Barth Commuter flights. Furthermore, given the limited space of the baggage compartment, cages (even when empty) are strictly prohibited on these flights.
  • The transport of animals under 8 weeks old* is prohibited.
  • For pets over 8 weeks old*, the following documents will be requested during check-in:

 

*list of snub-nosed animals not authorized for transport in the hold on transatlantic flights: 
- the dog breeds concerned are: Affenpinscher, Boston Terrier, Boxers (all breeds), Bulldogs (all breeds), Bullmastiff, Cane Corso, Pugs (all breeds), Chow-Chow, Dogues (all breeds), some Spaniels (Tibetan, Japanese, English, King Charles), Brussels Griffon, Lhasa Apso, Mastiffs (all breeds), Neapolitan Mastiff, Pekingese, Petit Brabançon, Shih Tzu, Shar Pei, Staffordshire Bull terrier.
- The cat breeds concerned are: Burmese, Exotic Shorthair, Himalayan, Persian.
 

 

- Mandatory identification (tattoo or chip)
- Rabies vaccination certificate dating from at least one month and less than one year prior to flight, compulsory for animals coming from: French Guiana, St. Martin, St. Bartholomew and other countries. With the exception of France, Martinique, Guadeloupe and La Réunion.
 

 

PLEASE NOTE: It is recommended that passengers only travel with healthy animals (of at least 8 weeks old*: for dehydration reasons). The transport of foul-smelling animals is prohibited. The transportation of females in heat is prohibited.

Pet and owner must travel on the same flight. If transported by a third party of a category 2 dog the owner must provide signed paper authorization. This authorization must be sent to the special transport service for approval of animal carriage and must also be presented the day of departure at the check-in desk.

The sedation of animals is not recommended (as this lowers blood pressure, a naturally occurring phenomenon in high altitude). The combination of the effects of sedatives and altitude can be fatal for older animals, or simply for animals in distress.

* Only on flights operated by Air Caraïbes.

 

TRANSPORTATION REGULATIONS

The use of a wooden cage (chipboard or plywood) is strictly prohibited for animal transportation. In addition, the cage must have suitable dimensions that (a fortiori when two animals are concerned) allow the animal to lie down, turn around and stand normally with its head erect, and without the head or ears of animal touching the roof of the cage.

For more information, please click here to view the different cages appropriate for each type of animal.

 

NB: - The cage must bear the name and address of the owner.

- 2 adult animals can be transported in the same cage, only on the transatlantic network, provided that: they are of a similar size, respective weights of less than 14Kg, accustomed to living together and depending on the conditions of the cage defined above. Animals exceeding 14Kg should be placed in separate cages.

- any other animal, and large dogs exceeding the limit for a size 5 cage (ref 700) or a cage crafted according to the LAR (Live Animals Regulation) norms and regulations must travel by FREIGHT .

 

• Transportation of AVIH (animal in the hold) on Transatlantic flights:

The maximum weight for the transport of an AVIH (animal in the hold) on transatlantic flights is 75KG (weight of the animal and of type 5 / ref 700 cage included). Any animal exceeding this weight must travel by FREIGHT.

Entry/exit authorization is mandatory for all AVIH on transatlantic flights to Saint Martin (SFG/SXM)

• Transportation of AVIH (animal in the hold) on the Regional network:

The maximum weight for transporting AVIH on the regional network is 50kg (weight of the animal and cage included)

Entry/exit authorization area is not mandatory for AVIH on Saint Martin inter-island flights (SFG) to Pointe-à-Pitre (PTP) / Fort-de-France (FDF) and vice versa

Please remember: 

- It is important to take good care of your pet before the trip
- The transport of your AVIH in case of transfer before or after a long haul flight will only be made if the duration of transfer is less than 2 hours.
- If the duration of transfer before or after a long haul flight is greater than 2 hours, you must check-in yourself, your luggage and your AVIH at the point of transfer.
- The cage of your AVIH must be securely closed, and if in any doubt be sure to use zip ties.

 

ACCEPTANCE AND TAXATION

On short and medium-haul flights, the animal in the hold is not included in your baggage allowance, please click here for our excess baggage rates.

 

On transatlantic flights, transport of animals is not included in the baggage allowance:

- Flat rate: €100 each way, non-refundable.

- Enter your animal’s race, weight and cage dimensions when making your booking.

- Animal cages and carriers can be purchased in pet stores and specialized outlets.

 

AIR TGV:

Traveling with a pet:

Pets are allowed on the train.

–› They must be: Placed in a cage or basket measuring no more than 45 x 30 x 25 cm.

–› Otherwise they must be kept on a leash and fitted with a muzzle. For passengers with a service dog or guide dog, the muzzle is not compulsory. The SNCF train fare will be applied to animals (payment at the SNCF train station). Are you also traveling by plane? Remember to check the conditions for transportation of animals on our aircraft.

Animals in the hold (AVIH) are accepted on TGV AIR journeys.

NEW ANIMAL TRANSPORTATION REGULATIONS IN SAINT-MARTIN JULIANA:

All animals entering the Dutch territory must have their "Application for Permit to Import Animals" form completed and stamped by the local authorities.

This document must be completed by you and sent by email, up to 4 days before each flight, to the address: mervyn.butcher@sintmaartengov.org and lvv@sintmaartengov.org.

You will receive an email reply granting you the approval of the authorities.

This service is free of charge, and all airlines operating in the territory are subject to this rule.

In the absence of this document, or if it has not been validated before entry into the territory, animals will be quarantined or turned away.

Click here to download the "Application for Permit to Import Animals" form

NEW ANIMAL TRANSPORT REGULATIONS IN GUYANA:

Regarding domestic carnivores traveling with passengers

The animal must: 

  • be identified by a tattoo
  • be properly vaccinated against rabies (valid from 21 days after the first vaccination)
     

For animals from third countries (for example Surinam and Brazil), the animal must: 

  • be at least seven months old
  • be identified
  • be properly vaccinated against rabies (valid vaccination certificate + result of rabies antibody titration)
  • have a health certificate from the official authorities of the third country
  • have an updated certificate of good health

Special case: if a domestic carnivore is returning to Guyana after traveling to a third country, the animal must:

  • be identified
  • be properly vaccinated against rabies (valid vaccination certificate + result of rabies antibody titration)

Pets in the cabin

 

Pets in the cabin

The only animals allowed to travel in the cabin (PETC or pet in cabin) are dogs, cats, rabbits, guinea pigs and hamsters. You will find below our transportation requirements for pets in the cabin (subject to quotas).

Price on our Transatlantic network: €50 each way (subject to quotas, non-refundable).

Snub-nosed animals*, such as pugs, bulldogs, boxers, Pekingese, Shih Tzu or Persian cats, are accepted in the cabin but please note that when stressed, they may suffer from breathing difficulties. Therefore, before travelling by air, it is recommended to seek the advice of a veterinarian. The company accepts no liability in the event of an accident.
Rodents must be transported in rigid plastic or fiberglass boxes. Transportation is not included in the baggage allowance. PETC are accepted on a TGV AIR journey.
 

*list of snub-nosed animals not authorized for transport in the hold on transatlantic flights: 
- the dog breeds concerned are: Affenpinscher, Boston Terrier, Boxers (all breeds), Bulldogs (all breeds), Bullmastiff, Cane Corso, Pugs (all breeds), Chow-Chow, Dogues (all breeds), some Spaniels (Tibetan, Japanese, English, King Charles), Brussels Griffon, Lhasa Apso, Mastiffs (all breeds), Neapolitan Mastiff, Pekingese, Petit Brabançon, Shih Tzu, Shar Pei, Staffordshire Bull terrier.
- The cat breeds concerned are: Burmese, Exotic Shorthair, Himalayan, Persian.
 

TERMS OF ACCEPTANCE FOR CARRIAGE

Subject to formalities, only the following are accepted as PETC:

Cats and dogs  weighing up to 5kg on the regional network and 8kg on the transatlantic network, including carrier. The animal must be kept in the carrier, including the head, for the entire duration of the flight and must be kept at the passenger’s feet.

Small rodents (dwarf rabbits, hamsters and guinea pigs), excluding any other rodent and animal. They must be kept in a fiberglass or plastic box (sold in pet stores) made for small rodents. They must be kept in the box throughout the entire duration of the flight.

• Unaccompanied minors may not be accompanied by pets in the cabin

The transport of dogs accompanying the blind or deaf in the cabin is free of charge provided they do not occupy a seat. The passenger must present a medical certificate.

Warning: for regional flights (medium & short haul), in case of disturbances and by decision of the captain, your pet may potentially be placed in the hold.

The transport of animals less than 8 weeks old is prohibited.

• Concerning flights in code share with French bee, only cats and dogs are allowed in the cabin. All other animals are strictly forbidden (possibility of traveling by FREIGHT).

For pets over 8 weeks old, the following documents will be requested during check-in:

- Compulsory identification (tattoo)

- Rabies vaccination certificate dating from at least one month and less than one year prior to flight, compulsory for animals coming from: Guyana, Saint Martin, Saint Barthelemy and other countries. With the exception of France, Martinique, Guadeloupe and La Réunion.

 

All these documents must be presented during check-in. Animal transportation must be requested when booking and permission must be obtained (to meet flight quotas).

 

TRANSPORTATION REGULATIONS

Transportation is not included in the baggage allowance.

Transporting a PETC when seated at an emergency exit is prohibited.

The carrier must be placed under the seat and the animal must not leave the carrier under any circumstances.

Rodents must be transported in rigid plastic or fiberglass boxes.

Cats and dogs in the cabin must travel in an approved carrying case.

Animals bags can be purchased in pet stores and specialized outlets.

Only flexible transportation bags not exceeding 5 kg (including animal) on regional flights and 8 kg on transatlantic flights will be accepted. The following dimensions: 43 x 35 x 20 cm will be allowed.

Entry/exit authorization is mandatory for all PETC on transatlantic flights to Saint Martin (SFG/SXM)

Entry/exit authorization is not mandatory for PETC on the inter-island flights Saint Martin (SFG) to Pointe-à-Pitre (PTP) / Fort-de-France (FDF) and vice versa


ACCEPTANCE AND TAXATION

Transatlantic: €50 each way (subject to quotas, non-refundable).

Medium-haul: €15 each way (subject to quotas, non-refundable).

Short-haul: €10 each way (subject to quotas, non-refundable).

Regulated dogs

  • Breeds concerned:
  • First category dogs (attack dogs)
  • Second category dogs (Guard and defense dogs) 
  • Transportation regulations 
  • New transportation regulations in Saint-Martin (Juliana)

Regulated dogs

You will find here the new provisions applicable from June the 6th, 1999 regarding potentially dangerous dogs (Law No. 99.5 of January 6, 1999: Source official journal).

 

BREEDS CONCERNED

The types of dogs regarded as potentially dangerous are divided into two categories. These are large, mastiff-type dogs, defined by a large, thick body, strong bones and a thick neck.

The dogs in these two categories cannot be handled by:

• Persons under 18 years of age.
• Third-party adults unless they have been authorized by a guardianship judge

 

FIRST CATEGORY DOGS (ATTACK DOGS)

These category covers Pitbulls, Boerboels and Tosas that are not registered as first category dogs in a breed registry recognized by the Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries.
 

The import and entry into mainland France, in overseas territories and in the territory of St. Pierre and Miquelon of the first category dogs mentioned in article 211-1 is punishable by six months in prison and a fine of €15,245 Euros.

Dogs not considered to be dangerous: 
Bull terriers, American Bullies and American Staffordshire Bullterriers, which resemble miniature American Staffordshire Terriers.

 

SECOND CATEGORY DOGS (GUARD AND DEFENSE DOGS)

This category covers Staffordshire terrier breeds, American Staffordshire terrier, Rottweilers, Tosas and dogs assimilable by their morphological characteristics to Rottweiller dogs not registered in a breed registry recognized by the Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries.

These dogs can be imported or introduced in metropolitan France, in overseas territories and in the territory of St. Pierre and Miquelon under the following conditions:

  • Only the owner is able to travel with the animal
  • Papers proving French origins, with the exception of Rottweillers
  • Dog identification tattoo or microchip
  • Valid rabies vaccination certificate dating from at least one month and less than one year
  • Presentation of an insurance certificate guaranteeing the civil responsibility of the dog owner for damage to a third party caused by the animal
  • Possession of an ownership permit issued by the local government authorities of the owner
  • Owner aptitude certificate
  • Animal behavior evaluation carried out by an authorized veterinarian.

 

TRANSPORTATION REGULATIONS

The transportation request must be made when booking (0 820 835 835 - 0,12 € / min) and authorization must be obtained in order to enforce quotas for each flight. All these documents must be presented during check-in.

Transportation of an AVIH (animal in the hold) on our Transatlantic network:
The maximum weight for transporting an AVIH (animal in the hold) on transatlantic flights is 50kg (weight of the animal and cage included), exceeding this, transport must be by freight

Transportation of AVIH (animal in the hold) on the Regional network:
The maximum weight for transporting AVIH on the regional network is 50kg (weight of the animal and cage included)

Transportation of second category dogs (AVID)
Only the owner is able to travel with the animal.

 

NEW ANIMAL TRANSPORTATION REGULATIONS IN SAINT-MARTIN JULIANA: 

As of 04/10/2014, all animals entering the Dutch territory must have their "Application for Permit to Import Animals" form completed and stamped by the local authorities.
This document must be completed by you and sent by email, up to 4 days before each flight, to the address: lvv@sintmaartengov.org.
You will receive an email reply granting you the approval of the authorities.
This service is free of charge, and all airlines operating in the territory are subject to this rule.
In the absence of this document, or if it has not been validated before entry into the territory, animals will be quarantined or turned away.

Click here to download the "Application for Permit to Import Animals" form